Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle
Date: August 11, 2017
Produced by: Manjula Varghese
A decade-long battle for housing rights came to an end on the night of August 4th, 1977, culminating in a night of violence which lead to the infamous eviction of the International Hotel in San Francisco. The eviction essentially ended Manilatown, a subsection of Chinatown which housed elderly Filipino and Chinese bachelors. Over the next 17 years the remaining I-Hotel advocates fought to have the land returned — and succeeded. The Manilatown Heritage Foundation building, which is located where the I-Hotel once stood, is a bittersweet testament of housing rights still plaguing San Francisco and the Filipino community that once thrived there.